Metro Vancouver is replacing the Crescent Beach Force Main, a 500 millimetre sewer that services White Rock and South Surrey.
Shortly after work began, ancestral human remains were discovered and enhanced screening was done by the archaeologist with Semiahmoo First Nation, Katzie First Nation, and Seyem’ Qwantlen directly participating on site, while Musqueam Indian Band and Tsleil-Waututh Nation participated remotely.
It took eight months to recover, analyze and catalogue over 4,000 artifacts and 25 ancestral bone fragments. Due to their ancestral significance, all artifacts and remains will be kept on site according to the wishes of the First Nations. The pump station is now a registered archaeological site.